Treatment & Care
At home, the best thing you can do is relieve your child's symptoms associated with the infection and wait until it passes. Because the infection is caused by a virus, antibiotics don't work.
Traditional treatments for adenovirus infections
Drinking lots of fluids
- It essential to keep your child hydrated.
- Water, formula, breast milk and/or special electrolyte-containing fluids (fluids containing sugars and salts) such as Pedialyte, are good choices.
- Very young children should not be hydrated with soda, juices or sports drinks.
- If necessary, we may need to give your child an intravenous (IV) line to give your child fluids and essential electrolytes.
- may be used to open your child's airways
- often given in an aerosol mist by a mask or through an inhaler
- given through a mask, nasal prongs or an oxygen tent
- If a child becomes very ill, she may need mechanical ventilation or a respirator to assist with breathing for a period of time.
Some children may develop severe enough dehydration to require hospitalization. If this happens, you child may need:
- intravenous (IV) fluids
- nasogastric (NG) tube feedings (a small tube is placed into your child's stomach through her nose so that doctors can give her formula or fluids)
- blood work (to measure your child's electrolyte levels - sugar, salt and other chemicals in the blood)